Race for the River 5K

Tags: Attend, Ticketed events, and River education

Saturday, September 21

Race start: 8:30 a.m.

River Park, 5100 N Francisco Ave, Chicago


Learn more about the Race for the River


Register to Run 

Apply to Captain a Spirit Team

Sponsor the Race


Celebrate the river’s renaissance by traversing this river trail with hundreds of fellow runners and revelers at the Race for the River 5K. Based at River Park, join Friends of the Chicago River in exploring the North Shore Channel trail and recent river-edge improvements that expand the health and climate resiliency of the Chicago-Calumet River system and support equitable, open access for all.  

Run, walk or roll into your morning at either the timed 5K along the North Shore Channel or a guided nature walk around River and Ronan Parks. Then stick around for the after-party for drinks, snacks, learning and fun with Friends and community partners. Family-friendly.

All event registrations include a commemorative shirt and free beverage ticket. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Chicago River in working to protect and restore the Chicago-Calumet River system for all people, water, and wildlife.